Okanagan Valley Wine

 

The Okanagan Valley is the most productive viticultural area of British Columbia in Canada. Once Canada was settled in the early 1800s, much of the country resigned itself to growing labrusca varietals such as Baco Noir, Concord and Seyval Blanc, which were resilient to the extremes in weather, but not so instantly endearing to the palate. However, many wine-makers in the Okanagan Valley, some of which has a comparably warmer, drier climate, persisted with vinifera vines until they found those most suitable to the growing conditions. In the mid-20th century, once modern techniques came into practice, most labrusca was pulled in favor of the more marketable vinifera
 
The Okanagan Valley has an array of microclimates and soil types. The area to the south in the Osoyoos subregion is considerably warm and arid, with dessert-like conditions in some areas and low rainfall. To the north in Kelowna, it’s much cooler and wetter. The south is sandy and rocky while the north is a Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Okanagan Valley View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Mission

    The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1...

Subregions of Okanagan Valley

Popular Wineries in Okanagan Valley View all

  • Sumac Ridge Estate Winery

    Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, established in the quaint town of Summerland, BC was founded by Harry ...

  • Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

    On a hillside overlooking vineyards, sagebrush, and the old gold mining creek that is its namesak...

  • Cedar Creek Estate Winery

    From the moment you enter the driveway you will appreciate that this is one of the Gold Coast Hin...

  • Sandhill Winery

    Working with single vineyards is about showing off the lineage of the wines. With vineyard design...

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

    In 1997 we purchased five acres of bare land in an area of the Okanagan Valley known as "The Gold...

  • Mount Boucherie

    Located in Westbank, BC (across from Kelowna), this family owned and operated winery creates some...

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Okanagan Valley on Snooth

  • Terravista Vineyards Fandango 2013

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    This wine is the colour of many Rías Baixas wines I've enjoyed over the years and is quite redolent of that familiar peach and ginger I remember - notwithstanding the credit-worthy Verdejo component. Good acidity and more peach on the palate with a fruity, lingering finish. Some bitterness on the follow-through, but this is a most elegant wine... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  •  Big Al,If that's your Ferrari, you're a d-bag!  :)I was ... ... ... Valley (just west of Okanagan Valley) called Orofino (winery) and their flagship "Beleza" (2011 red blend).  It opened with a nose-full of strawberry, but after about forty minutes had become quite different with darker fruit on the nose ($34)  We had decanted a Painted Rock... Read More

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  • Blue Mountain Brut 2011

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    This sparkler from the Okanagan Valley, Canada is a very affordable alternative to European exemplars. It has a Champagne-like nose of toasty vanilla coupled with a hint of lime. On entry, there is good acidity and citrus flavour enveloped by more brioche and vanilla. Good, persistent mousse. Elegant and mouth-cleansing, it only lacks a littl... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Painted Rock Syrah 2009

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    After sitting for about 25 minutes, this moderately powerful Syrah releases a wonderful scent of crushed cherries, meaty sausage and cola extract (Pepsi rather than Coke, perhaps). The entry is rather Côte-Rôtie - with considerable power and expression on the palate through cherry, cola and a slight tannic finish promising further aging potent... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Blue Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Wine is a matter of style, and Blue Mountain makes a Sauvignon Blanc with great verve that defies easy generalizing with competitors. On the nose, there is a sharp sour lemon, apple, grass and fresh compote. Entry is brisk and cleansing with considerable citrus and less musk than European and Kiwi offerings. More subtle flavours but more acid t... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Organic Gewurztraminer 2013

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    This off-dry (German-style) Gewurztraminer has an enticing straw colour topped by a brilliantly pure candied lychee nut scent - almost to the exclusion of all else. The palate gets more canned peach and a hint of ginger spice. A decent aperitif or accompaniment for sushi (sans wasabi). 86 points. A little dull compared to last year. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Organic Riesling 2013

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    Pale yellow in colour, this wine has a perfumed scent of lime, green apple, and a hint of apple vinegar and cinnamon; on the palate there is refreshing acidity with lime and generic citrus notes with some cake spice and apple. Mosel-like balance with a hint of sugar. Slightly more density and this wine punches with the very best. Delicious and ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Blue Mountain Pinot Blanc 2013

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    The ripening period of the 2013 summer was hot and sunny leading in part to a hefty sugar content in Pinot Blanc. This wine is complex, with a nose of sweet vanilla, and spritely apple; the palate receives pie spice (allspice, e. g.) and a good dose of citrus and malic acids to balance the sweetness. About as good as it gets for this variety. ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Oh DM, you're very incorrect about the sun.  (I know you were jesting, ... remember.  Also, in the Okanagan valley, they've had record temperatures this summer (nearing 110f, bodes well for the cab?).    Thanks, I'll just uncork and let them si Read More

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  • Lucha, I think we'll be making those big ones sooner than later.  It ... (the southern limit of the Okanagan Valley and our wine region).  It's definitely hotter than ever here too in Victoria, but the ocean cools things down nicely in the evening. I envy you getting a chance to ride in Napa, but I've decided it'll be a healthy break for me!&nbs Read More

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  • All the wines are great, but I like the white ones the most. Riesling and Gewuertztraminer are my favourites.

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  • I love this wine. It is fresh not clouded by oldworld ideas.

    Comment by 374932Schinderhannes 374932 Schinderhannes


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